There’s no question that Tinder owes a great deal of its popularity to its simple interface and ease of use, which makes it ideal for young people looking to cut to the chase.
But beware – success on Tinder is not as easy as it looks! Here are 5 things you should avoid doing on Tinder to make the most out of your matches.
1. Leave your bio blank
I get that it’s cool to be mysterious and all but it really is a good idea to put something, ANYTHING in your bio. It shows that you’re serious about this thing and thus worth spending a few minutes of a person’s life talking to.
Take some time to craft a few sentences about yourself. Talk about who you are, what you do, what you like, and what you’re looking for. Otherwise, you’ll be relying only on your looks, and if you’re anything like me, that’s just not going to cut it.
Matches that click usually start with shared interests, not just appearances. Don’t be afraid to reveal your quirks – they make you unique and help you stand out from the crowd.
2. Upload the wrong pic
I know you want to show off that hard-earned bod, but there is a legal limit to the number of gym selfies a single person can take. For women on Tinder, especially, the sight of a guy flexing in a mirror becomes an instant left-swipe pretty quickly.
Upload pictures that you feel accurately demonstrate who you are. Don’t force yourself into poses that you think others will want to see. You’re going to have to be comfortable being you around the person if this works out, so just be you on your profile too.
3. Forget to use your “Super Likes”
Users of the basic free version of Tinder get one “Super Like” every 24 hours. (If you want more, you’re going to have to cough up some money.) Don’t forget to use them!
Super Likes are for the times when you not only like them, but you really, really like them. Using one of these will notify the person that you’ve Super Liked them (I can’t believe I’m talking like this) and hopefully help you stand out from the crowd, which will result in more matches, and more meaningful ones, too.
4. Use a weak opener
When you’ve finally matched with someone, it’s time phase 2. Don’t assume just because they swiped right on you that they will be intrigued with whatever half-hearted greeting you open with.
A few rules:
- Don’t just say “Hey” or “Sup”; show some effort. Show some personality!
- Demonstrate that you’ve actually read their profile and are interested in them as a person. Ask them about one of their pictures, or ask about how they got interested in…one of their interests.
- Don’t be gross. Please.
5. Forget to do your research
According to eHarmony, a whopping 53% of people lie on their online dating profiles. While most are fibs about height or weight, some lies can be more serious: name/identity, marriage status, criminal background history, and more.
That’s why it’s absolutely essential to do a background check on anyone you meet online. Perform a quick reverse phone lookup to cross-check name, location and more. You may be surprised what you find.